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School Board's Longo, Freda, enter Council Fray

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The field is set for Belleville clerk's township mayor and council elections in May.

Running for the two councilman-at-large slots will be incumbent Kevin Kennedy, against newcomers Joe Longo and William Freda, two-term school board members. At-Large Councilman Michael Nicosia, who is also currently serving as deputy mayor, has dropped out of the race.

He was first elected to the council with Mayor Ray Kimble in May 2006 and both were re-elected four years later. Kennedy has served on the council since 1998, re-elected three times.

Longo and Freda are both running for the council for the first time, and have been members of the Belleville Board of Education since 2008. They have also both served as the board's president and vice-president during their tenures, and were were re-elected in 2011.

The mayoral race will pit Kimble against First Ward Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke.

Kimble is the former Belleville police chief and town manager.

Strumolo Burke has been on the council since 2004 and was re-elected in both 2008 and 2012. This is her first run for mayor. She will still remain on the council if she is not elected mayor.

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